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The Role Of Authoritativeness In Educational Relationships: A Theoretical Reflection

TitleThe Role Of Authoritativeness In Educational Relationships: A Theoretical Reflection
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBellini P P
Secondary TitleItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Date Published02/2018
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2035-4983
Keywordsauthoritativeness, autonomy, educational authority, Educational relationship

This article aims to analyse the central role of authoritativeness in educational relationships. An initial terminological clarification will assert the need to give due weight to authoritativeness as distinct from authority and authoritarianism. The essential, irreplaceable function of authoritativeness in educational processes will then be analysed. Learning takes place, in fact, only in situations of asymmetry between those taking part. The delicate functioning of the authoritative educational relationship depends on an unequal distribution of power aimed solely at maturing the learner’s critical capacities. It follows that autonomy – the facile fetish of subjectivist educational theory – can be achieved only through acceptance of a well-established authoritative relationship.